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The Australian National University

Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss

Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Family Care 111707
  • Preventive Medicine 111716

Research interests

  • Therapeutic alliance in general practice
  • Obesity care in general practice
  • Nutrition education for medical students
  • Improving outcome measures for general practice


Dr Liz Sturgiss is a general practitioner and primary care researcher. She has a strong interest in obesity, chronic disease management, and substance dependence. She has been a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners since 2012 and was a Founding Fellow of Clinical Forensic Medicine (RCPA). She recently completed her PhD at the ANU Medical School exploring the management of obesity by general practitioners. She was awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2017 to travel to the University of Alberta, Canada to study Cognitive Task Analysis and realist evaluation.

Liz works as part of the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice team at NCEPH where she will develop implementation strategies for improving chronic disease management in primary care. She will also assist in developing theoretically informed evaluations of the work done by the EPP team.

Through her PhD Liz explored the therapeutic alliance in general practice and how it strengthens obesity management. She is continuing to explore this theme and is working to adapt a quantitative measure of therapeutic alliance for use in the general practice setting.


Researcher's projects

  1. Adapting the Working Alliance Inventory for general practice (Chris Silagy Scholarship RACGP)
  2. An implementation pilot study of "The Change Program" - a GP-delivered weight management program for overweight and obese adults (APHCRI Foundation Grant)
  3. Treating adult obesity in general practice – developing a weight management strategy for general practitioners (RACGP Independent Practitioner Network Pty Ltd (IPN)/Research Grant) 
  4. Using Concept Mapping to illustrate understanding of obesity. (Endeavour Reseach Fellowship in conjuction with University of Alberta)
  5. Understanding food and rurality (CASS Intercollege Research Grant, led by Dr Gavin Smith) 



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